FORT?DODGE - Hopes of a fifth place finish in Class 2A at the State Softball Tournament were dashed Wednesday morning as Emmetsburg lost a 4-1 decision to Denver in the 2A Consolation semi-finals.
Emmetsburg would see Denver score two runs in the top of the first inning, using a pair of doubles and a single along with a sacrifice to take the 2-0 lead when the Lady E-Hawk defense made the stop. In the bottom of the inning, Aly Berven was hit by a pitch and would advance off a sacrifice by Kaity Degen before she came home to score off a throwing error to make the score 2-1 when the first inning ended.
Denver would strand a baserunner in the top of the second after a base hit as Emmetsburg pitcher Faith Schmidt recorded three strikeouts to end the at-bat. But, Emmetsburg would suffer a similar fate as Hannah VanOosbree was stranded after being walked to end the second inning with the Lady E-Hawks trailing 2-1. Denver was retired in order in the top of the third, but Emmetsburg also went down in order as the two defenses settled in.
Emmetsburg’s Aly Berven slides under a tag attempt during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against Denver. Berven would score the Lady E-Hawks’ only run in the 4-1 loss to Denver Wednesday morning in consolation action at the State Softball Tournament. --Dan Voigt photo
Denver would get a two-out single in the top of the fourth, but left their runner.
The Lady E-Hawks would also tally a two-out single by Miranda Vlasman, but courtesy runner Alexa Naig was left waiting at first when the inning ended.
In the top of the fifth, Deven would quickly go down two outs, but came back to record a single before leaving their runner looking for a way home.
Emmetsburg couldn't respond in their half of the fifth, as they went down in order to start the sixth with Denver still clinging to a 2-1 advantage.
Denver would be retired in order in the top of the sixth, but Emmetsburg came up and after a leadoff strikeout by Berven, Kaity Degen rapped out a base hit and moved to second, but would languish there as Schmidt and Jacque Carlson were retired to end the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Denver led off with a base hit, but quickly tallied a pair of outs off a foul-tip fly catch by Vlasman and a put out throw from Berven at short to Carlson at first. But with two outs, Denver's Taylor Siech took a 2-2 pitch from Schmidt and drove it to left, where it bounced off the top of the fence for a two-run homer.
Denver would get a single after the blast, but a foul tip catch by Tegan Olson at third ended their at-bat.
Trailing 4-1, Emmetsburg led off with Miranda Vlasman and Michaela Rehm were both struck out, but Hannah VanOosbree drew her second walk of the game, putting Kendall Deitering on first to run as the flex player. A single by Tegan Olson would moved Deitering to second, but with two runs waiting, Whitney Kibbie hit a ball to left field that was caught to end the game.
Faith Schmidt took the loss in seven innings, surrendering four runs, all earned, off nine hits, with one walk and five strikeouts.Emmetsburg got just three hits, from Kaity Degen, Miranda Vlasman and Tegan Olson in the loss.